Arts & Entertainment

Crisis

With three main storylines and others in this well-meaning film relating to the Oxycodone crisis in America, the message conveyed to audiences is crystal clear. Oxycodone, which is an opioid medication used as a ‘non-addictive’ treatment for pain, is addictive and a common drug of abuse.

The three stories which ultimately collide surround a drug trafficking operation between Canada and America, an enraged woman who wants answers as to why her son died of an ‘apparent’ narcotics overdose, and a university professor who strives to expose a pharmaceutical company for preparing to release a most probable lethal drug to the world.

The film asks, are drugs produced for money or to make the world a better place? Is it a crime to tell the truth if a new drug on the market is dangerous?

But the film suffers from the expectation that audiences will easily absorb the intricate politics within the pharmaceutical company expose storyline. Slow-paced and compounded by a contrived performance by Armie Hammer in the pivotal role as an undercover agent, the film ultimately disappoints. (MMo)

★★ ½

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